1Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,2but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.3That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.4Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.5Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.6For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
1Why do the nations conspireand the peoples plot in vain?2The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the LORD and against his anointed, saying,3“Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.”4The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.5He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,6“I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.”7I will proclaim the LORD’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father.8Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.9You will break them with a rod of iron ; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”10Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.11Serve the LORD with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling.12Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
1LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!2Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.”3But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.4I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain.5I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.6I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.7Arise, LORD! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.8From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.
1Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was Jewish and a believer but whose father was a Greek.2The believers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him.3Paul wanted to take him along on the journey, so he circumcised him because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.4As they traveled from town to town, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem for the people to obey.5So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.6Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.7When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.8So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas.9During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”10After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.11From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day we went on to Neapolis.12From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days.13On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there.14One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.15When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.